Tiger Woods will be chasing a rare treble when he tees up in the 2007 Open Championship over the Championship course at Carnoustie on 19 to 22 July. The undisputed world’s No. 1 will arrive in Angus having won the title in each of the last two years and harbours high hopes of becoming the first man since Peter Thomson (1954-56) to win the world’s oldest major championship three times in-a-row.
Wood started his winning sequence when he put together rounds of 66, 67, 71 and 70 to win the 134th Open Championship at the Old Course, St Andrews, and he secured his third Open title 12 months later when he closed with a majestic 67 to finish two shots ahead of the field over the Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. That impressive victory set him up with the chance to go for the hat-trick at Carnoustie and it has already intensified interest in next year’s Championship.
“We have seen a huge increase in interest since Tiger won at Hoylake,” said Graeme Duncan, general manager of the Carnoustie Golf Links Management Committee. “Clearly, that victory has struck a chord because we have been inundated with phone calls asking about next year’s Championship.”
Woods hopes to become the fourth man to achieve three successive Open Championship victories. Tom Morris Jnr (1868-’70) was the first man to achieve the feat eventually going one better, winning the title for a fourth time in-a-row in 1872 (there was no Championship in 1871). Since then, two other golfers have also won the Open Championship on three successive occasions, Jamie Anderson (1877-79) and the aforementioned Thomson (1954-’56).
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